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Friday Night Lights – Playoff Edition October 28, 2006

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I missed the Friday games, but here are the saturday matchups I’ll pick (local teams 1A-6A):

#13 Carthage (6-3) at #4 Gibson City (G.C.-Melvin-Sibley) (8-1) – Sat., 2:00
#11 Arcola (7-2) at #6 Mt. Olive (8-1) – Sat., 1:30
#5 Elmwood [E.-Brimfield Coop] (6-3) at #4 Sidell (Jamaica) [Salt Fork Coop] (6-3) – Sat., 1:00 @ Catlin
#5 Paxton (P.-Buckley-Loda) (5-4) at #4 Spring Valley (Hall) (7-2) – Sat., 1:00
#5 Monticello (6-3) at #4 Decatur (St. Teresa) (8-1) – Sat., 1:00
#6 Pittsfield [P.-Griggsville-Perry Coop] (6-3) at #3 Tolono (Unity) (8-1) – Sat., 1:30
#12 Mahomet (M.-Seymour) (6-3) at #5 Breese (Mater Dei) (7-2) – Sat., 1:00
#16 Mattoon (5-4) at #1 Springfield (Sacred Heart-Griffin) (9-0) – Sat., 1:00 @ Memorial Stadium
#11 Normal (Community West) (6-3) at #6 Oak Forest (7-2) – Sat., 6:00

My picks:

GCMS, Arcola, Salt Fork, PBL, Decatur, Unity, Breese, Springfield, Oak Forest


Friday Night Lights – Week 9 October 20, 2006

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Sorry for bailing out last week.

Here are the games I’m picking this week:

Westville vs Georgetown Ridge-Farm
BCC (Bloomington Central Catholic) vs Unity
PBL vs St Joe
Salt Fork vs Oakwood/A-P
Centennial vs Central
My Picks:

Westville, Unity, St Joe, Salt Fork, and Centennial

Friday Night Lights – Week 7 October 6, 2006

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This week’s games:

Bismarck-Henning vs Hoopeston
St. Joe vs Watseka
Villa Grove vs Tuscola
Normal West vs Urbana
Westville vs Oakwood/A-P
PBL vs St. Thomas More
Central vs Mattoon
Bloomington vs Centennial
Normal U-High vs Rantoul
Salt Fork vs Georgetown-Ridge Farm

My Picks:

Bismarck-Henning, St. Joe, Tuscola, Normal West, Westville, PBL, Mattoon, Centennial, Normal U-High, and Georgetown-Ridge Farm

A good week of High School Football.

Friday Night Lights – Week 6 September 29, 2006

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Games I’m picking: 

Champaign (Centennial) at Urbana (H.S.)
Normal (Community) at Normal (Community West)
Argenta (A.-Oreana) at Monticello
Champaign (St. Thomas More) at St. Joseph (S.J.-Ogden)
Fithian (Oakwood) [Coop] at Bismarck (B.-Henning)

My Picks:

Centennial, Normal-Community, Monticello, St. Joe, and Bismarck-Henning

Friday Night Lights – Week 5 September 22, 2006

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Games I’m picking:

Salt Fork vs Bismark-Henning
Iroquois West vs St Joseph
Danville vs Normal West
Bloomington vs Central
Centennial vs Normal Community

My Picks:

Salt Fork, St Joseph, Normal West, Bloomington, and Normal Community

Friday Night Lights – Week 4 September 15, 2006

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Week 4, here we go:

Bismark-Henning vs. Westville
St. Joe vs. Clinton
Urbana  vs. Bloomington
Oakwood/A-P vs.  Hoopeston Area
GCMS vs. Fisher
Danville vs. Centennial

My picks:

Westville, St. Joe, Bloomington, Oakwood/A-P, GCMS, and Centennial

Friday Night Lights – Week 3 September 7, 2006

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This week leads us into more conference play, as evident by the games I’m picking.

Week 3 games I’m picking:

Chicago (Mt. Carmel) at New Lenox (Providence Catholic) – Thursday, on ESPNU
Normal (Community West) vs. Champaign (Central) at University of Illinois
Bloomington (H.S.) at Danville (H.S.)
Mahomet (M.-Seymour) at Pontiac
Arcola at Tuscola
Sidell (Jamaica) [Salt Fork Coop] at Westville

My picks are:

Mt. Carmel, Normal-West, Bloomington (H.S.), Mahomet, Tuscola, and Salt Fork

Friday Night Lights – Week 2 September 1, 2006

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Week 2 of High School Football brings us some more good games.

Once again, here’s a schedule link to the IHSA website.

Champaign (Central) vs. Urbana (H.S.) at Urbana
Arthur [A.-Lovington Coop] at Arcola
Paxton (P.-Buckley-Loda) at Tolono (Unity)
Sidell (Jamaica) [Salt Fork Coop] at St. Joseph (S.J.-Ogden)
Champaign (St. Thomas More) at Danville (Schlarman)

My picks are:

Urbana tops Central
Arthur over Arcola
Unity beats PBL
St. Joe wins at home against Salt Fork
St. Thomas More wins on the road at Danville

ESPN High School Football August 26, 2006

Posted by j-dub in H.S. Football, Sports.

Considering the weather is crappy today, I’m forced to be indoors watching TV. To my surprise, ESPN is carrying HIGH SCHOOL football games this year. They are supposed to have one each week. This game happens to pit two of the top 5 H.S. teams in the country against one another. The announcers stated that over 10 Division 1 prospects/recruits/commits are playing in this game.

That is absolutely amazing. One team is Byrnes, South Carolina and the other is Belle Glades, Florida. Byrnes is #2 in the nation and Belle Glades is #5. The rosters for each team read like a college or pro stat sheet. Recievers that are all 6’2″ or taller (one runs a sub-4.3 40) and lineman that weigh over 300lbs! This is a game between HIGH SCHOOL teams!

Anyways, its been a pretty good game so far. I love the fact that ESPN is airing H.S. football. It’s just another example of kids who want to play because they love the game. Much like the little league world series games.

Friday Night Lights – Week 1 August 25, 2006

Posted by j-dub in H.S. Football, Sports.

It’s that time of year again…High School Football Season. The fall has to be the best time of year for sports. We get the baseball playoffs, prep football, college football, and the start of pro football.

For those of you who haven’t seen the movie Friday Night Lights…you should. It’s all about high school football in West Texas. I’d put the movie on par with Remember the Titans, Radio, Hoosiers, and the like. Really a great movie.

Fridays are ritual in high school football. Players would wear their jerseys to school, and there is always a different atmosphere in the school on gameday.

Week one of the prep season has a few games of interest to me.

The big twelve conference has the following noteworthy games in week 1:

Champaign (Central) at Normal (Community)
Danville (H.S.) at Urbana (H.S.)
Normal (Community West) at Champaign (Centennial)

The Cornbelt has this good game:

Fairbury (Prairie Central) at Mahomet (M.-Seymour)

Two playoff teams from last year, which should make for a good game.

St. Joe and Unity play weaker, lesser known opponents and should roll easily in week 1. Other area teams such as Salt Fork, Tuscola, Monticello, and Westville have not so exciting opponents.

Another local game of interest will be the Leroy vs. Fisher re-match from last years playoffs. Leroy looking to avenge last years close loss (Fisher lost in the next round to Tuscola).

A Chicago area battle features two of the traditional powerhouses from up north:

Joliet (Catholic Academy) vs. Chicago (Mt. Carmel) at Soldier Field (Sat.)

You know it’s a big game when you play at Soldier Field. That should be a thriller.

Here are my picks:

Normal Community wins versus Central
Danville over Urbana
Normal West over Centennial
Mahomet beats Prairie Central
St Joe and Unity both win
Leroy pays Fisher back for last year with a win
Joliet Catholic defeats Mt. Carmel on Saturday

I must say I was disappointed that the News-Gazette website didn’t have any prep sports info last night. Hopefully they’ve been covering it in print.

For those of you who want your High School Football fix, go to the following page on the IHSA website:


For a week-by-week schedule go here:


Feel free to chime in with your predictions, a noteworthy game I missed, and your thoughts/comments on any of the local teams.